We’re in the full swing of Vacation Bible School (VBS) season. There are many different formats that churches use for VBS. You might have an evening, after school, afternoon, or morning format. Regardless of what format you follow, VBS requires a lot of help from church members. And it is never too late to volunteer! Also, there are creative ways that you can help with VBS, even if you are not able to attend the event yourself.
Here are four ways that you can help with VBS this season.
There is always a need for volunteers for VBS. Every VBS needs first-aid, security, music team, drama team, games team and group counselors. If you are able to pull away to help, then you are a gift to your church. Not only that but your church might just need someone who is simply willing to shuttle kids from one place to another. That in itself is a simple and easy way to help get kids with transportation difficulties to and from VBS.
School teachers are ideal candidates because they have summers off, but there are a number of other professions that might lend themselves to helping with VBS. Emergency response personnel often have flexible schedules. Self-employed business owners typically have margin to pull away for such an event as this. Finally, those who work the second or third shift will have freedom to join VBS for a week. If you’re a Children’s director, look for these people in your congregation and kindly appeal for their help.
In my ten years of VBS experience, it always seems to be a week that desperately needs some fathers hanging around. Fathers, I encourage you to look carefully at your work calendar and see if you can navigate some personal days, vacation days, or comp days to use towards VBS.
So maybe you aren’t able to go to VBS, here’s one way that you can still help. Pray leading up to the week that the Lord would bring a number of little ones to himself. Pray for the volunteers, staff, and families that will be going to VBS. Pray that everyone will experience VBS mercies during that week. There will always be bumps and scrapes, but let’s pray that there will be no broken bones or worse. Pray that everyone will be in good spirits and get plenty of rest during this very busy week. Pray that the Lord will be celebrated and glorified as the gospel is preached and the Bible is explained clearly to little kiddos.
Every VBS needs supplies for snacks, crafts and games. This is another way to help if you can’t make it out for the event. Contact your VBS director to find out what the needs are and see how you can help meet those needs. You don’t want those kiddos to run out of Oreos, Goldfish, Capri Sun, or construction paper!
So you don’t have kids that are VBS age. Well, you have the opportunity to participate by inviting others to VBS. Canvas your neighborhood with fliers. Call up friends from work. Maybe you have a son or daughter not involved in a church right now. Invite their family to participate. You might just meet someone while you’re doing errands or maybe you’re a patron of someone who has children. Encourage these people to check out your VBS. You might just want to keep fliers with you in your vehicle or at home so that you can pass them out to whomever the Lord leads you to.
VBS is so much fun! I’ve been helping out with VBS for a few years now. It started when I was a youth pastor and had the flexibility to volunteer. It was also a great way to spend time with our teens that I shepherded who were also volunteers. This year is the first year I get to participate in VBS with my children. I’m so glad that I have time available to be a part of this ministry. If you have never helped with a VBS, I encourage you to pray about participating in the VBS at your church. It’s such a fantastic ministry opportunity!